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What damage can congenital malaria infection to my unborn child?

What damage can congenital malaria infection to my unborn child?

None to severe: Congenital malaria can affect the baby's size at birth and can increase risk for miscarriage, still born, or preterm. Also if brn with malaria, can become anemic, lethargic, poor feeding. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Malaria (Definition)

A life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. These parasites infect red blood cells, causing high fever, shaking chills, sweats, vomiting, muscle pain, headache, anemia. First symptoms occur 10 days to four weeks post infection, symptoms occur in cycles of ...Read more


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Can malaria infect by unborn child?

Can malaria infect by unborn child?

Yes but low risk: The rate of infection during pregnancy depends on many factors, but remains low. It is about 1% in moms who have developed anti-malaria antibodies and about 10% in those that have not. However, i would be more concerned about the health of the baby as the parasite may pack the placenta and reduce oxygen delivered to the baby. Seek care from a ob/gyn who has experience with high risk pregnancies. ...Read more

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What are the s.e of using doxycycline & amoxcyciline ? Doc says I have to use amoxcy for skin infection &I'm on doxcy for malaria prophlaxis

What are the s.e of using doxycycline & amoxcyciline ? Doc says I have to use amoxcy for skin infection &I'm on doxcy for malaria prophlaxis

Unusual combination: Amoxicillin usually isn't the best antibiotic for skin infections. The main skin infection bacteria often is staph, which doesn't repond to amoxicillin -- but might respond to doxycline. Maybe all you really need is to temporarily increase the dose of doxy; or to add a drug active against staph, like sulfa-trimethoprim, Augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) or clindamycin. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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On Doxycycline for malaria prophlaxis. Doc asked to take amoxyciline for skin infection. Is it OK to stop doxy while I'm on amoxy only 5days?

On Doxycycline for malaria prophlaxis. Doc asked to take amoxyciline for skin infection. 
Is it OK to stop doxy while I'm on amoxy only 5days?

Go back to dr.: Do not stop doxycycline if you are still at risk for malaria (ie still in malarious area, or returned within last 4 wks). Amoxicillin is not compatible with doxy, your doc should prescribe a different antibiotic. Be sure to inform him that you are currently taking doxy. Amoxicillin will not kill malaria parasites in the blood. ...Read more

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Would malaria infection create breathing difficulty?

Would malaria infection create breathing difficulty?

Not initially: That would be an uncommon symptom initially, though it could occur eventually with severe malaria, since people who are severely anemic (which can be a consequence of malaria) breathe more rapidly to compensate for their anemia. ...Read more

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How can the way in which humans become infection with malaria and west nile virus differ?

Malaria vs WNV: West Nile Virus is found in temperate & tropical areas of the world. West Nile Virus has been detected in Culex, Anopheles, Culiseta, Deinocerites, Psorophora, Mansonia, Coquillettidia, Uranotaenia & Aedes mosquitoes. But the most common carriers are Culex & Aedes. Malaria is usually found in tropical & subtropical areas. There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes. Only 30 to 40 species of ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the way in which humans become infection with malaria and west nile virus differ?

Malaria vs WNV: West Nile Virus is found in temperate & tropical areas of the world. West Nile Virus has been detected in Culex, Anopheles, Culiseta, Deinocerites, Psorophora, Mansonia, Coquillettidia, Uranotaenia & Aedes mosquitoes. But the most common carriers are Culex & Aedes. Malaria is usually found in tropical & subtropical areas. There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes. Only 30 to 40 species of ...Read more

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Can a malaria infection cause severe breathing problems?

Can a malaria infection cause severe breathing problems?

Malaria: Complicated malaria can cause occlusion of small blood vessels due to parasite filled cells. This can cause cerebral malaria. Also pulmonary edema ( water logged lungs) can occur from a similar process. This can lead to shortness of breath. Usually this is a serious disease. ...Read more

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I took lonart tablets 23-25 oct against malaria. I have now discovered i/m 7 weeks pregnant, last period 10 oct. How much risk to the fetus did i run?

I took lonart tablets 23-25 oct against malaria. I have now discovered i/m 7 weeks pregnant, last period 10 oct. How much risk to the fetus did i run?

Topic page: Here is a link to the healthtap page on malaria and pregnancy where many doctors have addressed the issue in a variety of ways. https://www.healthtap.com/#topics/pregnant-drug-treat-malaria. ...Read more

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Can cytomegalovirus infections harm my unborn child?

Can cytomegalovirus infections harm my unborn child?

Depends: Serious complications such as sensorineural hearing loss and developmental delay are often noted in infants born to mothers who developed primary CMV infection (first time) during her pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can a gonorrhea infection during pregnancy harm the unborn child?

Can a gonorrhea infection during pregnancy harm the unborn child?

Depends: Recognition & treatment of gonorrhea during pregnancy does not necessarily harm the fetus. The infection can remain localized to external glandular structures and the exterior cervix without invading the fetus. Other std's like syphillis have a variable effect. If untreated, the baby may acquire gc and lose vision from a tremendous eye infection. If concerned get tested & treated. ...Read more

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Can maternal staph skin infections harm an unborn child?

Can maternal staph skin infections harm an unborn child?

Most Staph...: ...Infections are localized, and as such pose no threat to an unborn baby. However, the drugs used to treat bacterial infections can, under certain circumstances, be harmful; so make sure that any doctor or other caregiver who treats you is aware that you are pregnant. Never assume they know; tell them, and tell them again. ...Read more

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I am pregnant and ate food contaminated with listeria infection - will it harm my unborn child?

I am pregnant and ate food contaminated with listeria infection - will it harm my unborn child?

Most likely no: There are some foods, like sushi or homemade unpasteurized cheese, that carry listeria that can lead to newborn infection and sepsis. It is best that you share this information with your OB immediately, so they can decide if the food you ingested was a suspected one, and if so how to treat you properly to avoid transmission to the fetus. ...Read more

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In which condition a pregnant woman can pass chlamydia infection to her unborn child even in caesar case?

In which condition a pregnant woman can pass chlamydia infection to her unborn child even in 
caesar case?

Ruptured membranes: Chlamydia passes by direct contact, so if your bag of waters broke before you went into labor or the amniotic sac actually got infected by the bacteria (less common), then the infection could be transmitted to the baby even with a c-section delivery. Best to get the chlamydia treated, document cure, and treat partners to prevent re-infection. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more